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Technology Drives Premium Cataract Lens Options

drtaylorDuring cataract surgery, the physician replaces the cloudy natural lens in the eye with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is very common and has a high success rate. And new lens technologies are helping to make outcomes better for many cataract patients.

Initially, replacement lenses, or intraocular implants (IOLs) were monofocal–they were only capable of focusing at either near or far distance. Patients would use corrective lenses to compensate.

Standard IOLs are still monofocal. Today, however, cataract patients have numerous premium IOL choices that are capable of accommodating individual lifestyles and preferences.  Multifocal IOLs are capable of adjusting like the eye’s natural lens, allowing the patient to see well at multiple distances.


Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun provide patients with several premium lens choices—including the latest Crystalens technology that combines a state of the art lens and a high tech surgical procedure to provide the best possible outcomes.

One premium option, the TECNIS Multifocal lens, is designed to help address presbyopia, or loss of near vision. After age 40, most people need reading glasses to compensate for the eye’s loss the the ability to focus at close distances. TECNIS can allow patients to reduce or sometimes eliminate the need for reading glasses after cataract surgery. The TECNIS multifocal lens can increase the patient’s ability to see clearly at near, intermediate, and far distances without glasses and in all light conditions. A study of interocular implants suggests that 94% of TECNIS multifocal lens patients would choose the lens again.

The step beyond the TECHNIS lens is a combination of enhanced lens technology and a surgical procedure designed specifically for the new interocular implant. Crystalens is a remarkable technology that allows Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun to surgically repair the patient’s cataract condition while also improving vision at all distances.

This treatment technology may reduce or possibly even eliminate the patient’s dependence on glasses for distance, intermediate, and near vision (including reader’s vision.)

Like natural lenses, Crystalens technology allows the muscles of the eye to help the patient focus seamlessly at a variety of distances. A unique hinged design of the lens lets it arch slightly in response to the particular focusing demands of the eye. This mimics the focusing ability of the natural lens.

Research shows that Crystalens technology can be very effective. One FDA study indicated that a year after Crystalens surgery, 98.4% of patients were able to drive, watch TV, participate in sports and perform normal activities without glasses. All patients in the study were able to work on their computers, read product labels and vehicle speedometers without glasses. Over 98% could read newspapers and magazines and dial cell phones without glasses, and 73.4% of patients did not depend on glasses at all, or wore them only occasionally.

Take The First Step Toward Better Vision: Schedule An Appointment 

A cataract evaluation is the first step in determining what treatment may be best for you and your cataract condition. For an evaluation, schedule an appointment today. If you have questions about cataracts and lens options, procedures, insurance, or financing, contact our Patient Services Coordinator at 865-584-0905 for prompt answers.

Cataract surgery allows people to get back to doing the things they enjoy most. Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun consider this one of the most rewarding parts of their practice.